CUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA — Certainly having a volunteer who has served for 50 years is a fantastic achievement but to have three volunteers reach 50 years is exceptional. Sandy Long, Barb Rebert and Galen Smith were honored at the recent Cumberland County 4-H Achievement Night held at Highland Vue Farms, Newville. All three long time 4-H members went directly from being a member to being a leader.
Sandy Long has been the coordinator of the Cumberland County 4-H Horse & Pony Drill Team along with her other club responsibilities. She commented that she met her husband through 4-H, her brother met his wife through 4-H, and her son met his wife through 4-H.
Barb Rebert’s area of expertise has been the 4-H Horse Judging Team. She has guided teams to State, Regional and National Recognition. She stresses the value of public speaking being so important throughout life.
Galen Smith has been a 4-H volunteer in the Cumberland County 4-H Dairy Club for all his 50 years. He prefers to think of himself as “Cumberland County’s oldest 4-H member.” All three volunteers have enjoyed working with hundreds of 4-H members through the years and all three are now working with the third generation of families.
The Cumberland County 4-H Program presented each of the 50-year volunteers with a framed Bonnie Mohr print related to their project area. The 4-H Achievement Night also recognized outstanding youth in various project, leadership and activity areas.
4-H encourages positive youth development through its motto “Learn By Doing” and relies on hundreds of volunteer who dedicate their time to 4-H across Pennsylvania.